Department of English
Oct. 2, 2020—The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word will be held online Oct. 1-11, with Vanderbilt faculty, staff and alumni participating and three new VU Press titles spotlighted.
Sep. 28, 2020—Major Jackson, an accomplished poet and essayist, will join the Vanderbilt faculty as Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English in January 2021 after 18 years in the Department of English at the University of Vermont.
Apr. 28, 2020—Students in "King Arthur and the Literature of Chivalry," a writing seminar taught by University Librarian and Professor of English Valerie Hotchkiss, devoted recent class time to what 21st-century chivalry looks like, especially during COVID-19.
Feb. 17, 2020—On Becoming a God in Central Florida is an oddly academic-sounding title for a TV show, especially one as kinetic and funny as the Showtime series starring Kirsten Dunst that premiered in August. But as the series’ co-creator Robert Funke, BA’09, explains, the title reflects the nature of the storytelling. “There’s a little bit of...
Chancellor’s Lecture panelists Little, Pinker and Zimmer explore why divisions persist in an age of abundant data
Dec. 6, 2019—Amanda Little, Steven Pinker and Carl Zimmer joined moderator Jon Meacham for the final Chancellor’s Lecture Series of 2019. The panel discussed how expanded access to data has changed human approaches to every part of our lives.
Nov. 26, 2019—Winter 2020 classes offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt include the history of Fort Negley, memoir writing, brain disorders and a Shakespeare production.
Nov. 20, 2019—Amanda Little, Steven Pinker and Carl Zimmer will discuss with moderator Jon Meacham "2020 and Beyond: Tackling Global Issues in the Decades to Come" at the Dec. 3 Chancellor's Lecture Series event.
Oct. 7, 2019—Junior Foster Swartz is pursuing his passions for writing and directing with “Global Warming: The Musical,” which will be performed Oct. 11 and 12 in Sarratt Cinema.
Sep. 30, 2019—An Oct. 7 panel discussion will explore the connections between the women’s suffrage movement and current voting rights activism. The panel is free and open to the public and will take place from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. in the Great Room of E. Bronson Ingram College.
Sep. 29, 2019—Associate Professor of English Anthony Reed’s deep interest in the intersections between black literary forms and politics was sparked during the 1980s, when, as a child, he discovered hip-hop and rap music.
Sep. 29, 2019—Black feminist scholars. Bessie Smith. James Baldwin. Beyoncé. All have been the subject of Associate Professor of English Emily Lordi’s academic and public scholarly work.
Sep. 5, 2019—"A Short History of Anger," centering on the devastating and lasting impact of state-sponsored ethnic cleansing and forced migration, will be performed Sept. 14 at the Blair School of Music.